I tried playing the game when it first released to early access, and it was virtually unplayable (the economy made it all but impossible to start generating any income and avoid starving or getting stranded). However, since then, it has been updated several times and is actually really good. I think it’s a better experience than Sunless Seas in many ways. The user interface is improved, and it’s generally much more forgiving than 'Seas. Every port sells fuel and supplies at a standard cost, and the main port hub is centered in the map, so you spend less time away from home when you travel to the farthest areas. There is still plenty of challenge and risk/reward that makes it not feel too easy. For example, you are incentivized to visit as many ports as possible before returning to New Winchester to deliver port reports, but while you’re away, damage to the hull will add up fast, as will terror. If you ever fill up your terror meter (which is very likely if you try to visit every port in the Reach in one go), you will permanently (I think) have a new condition associated with your captain (such as ‘nervous’). Also combat is much more fun this time around, especially with the ability to strafe-dodge incoming attacks. However, the starting locomotive goes down fast if you take more than a couple of hits. If you end up in a fight with more than one or two other enemies, you might be better off running away. If you do die, you either start over, or just reload from the last port, depending on the difficulty you chose at the beginning. This way, purists can keep the high stakes of 'Seas, while others can feel more free to engage in riskier behavior. All in all, I think the experience has become an excellent one over the last few months. That said, it’s still in early access until September 2018, and there’s only one region so far (Albion is coming in the next update, apparently), and while there’s plenty to keep you busy over the course of a day or two, there is clearly a lot of content missing. I wouldn’t blame someone for waiting for the finished product, but if you are a fan of the original, and are excited about more content (with space trains, this time), you can have a lot of fun in its current state.